I hope you enjoyed the Michigan IT Symposium as much as I did! I was humbled by the knowledge, experience, and passion for supporting the University of Michigan. I am grateful for each and every person who planned, volunteered, presented, and attended—you help make Michigan IT a vibrant and collaborative community!
Thank you to the symposium co-chairs, Andrea Bolash and Michael Warden, for reminding us that we do not need a symposium to make connections with each other, but reserving time each November to gather as a community together sure helps. Our challenge now is to take the incredible energy from the event and sustain it through the year ahead.
Looking back over the past year, I am grateful for the incredible work you continue to do everyday. We made great progress working as a collaborative Michigan IT community. We also have opportunities and challenges ahead of us in 2020, such as:
- How do we handle storage for the university?
- Are we doing everything we can to enhance data-informed decision making?
- How do we make sure we are listening to our researchers and providing them with the technology and support they need to do their ground-breaking research?
What else can we accomplish by working as one Michigan IT community, focused on our users? I am interested in hearing your thoughts on how I can help you succeed in the new year.
Our best is yet to come, and I have no doubt that working together as a community and supporting each other, we will make the University of Michigan the leader in the appropriate use of technology among our peers and in the world.
I hope you have a restful winter break with your loved ones. Happy New Year!
Ravi Pendse PhD
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
University of Michigan